On the pitch…..college stuff and our preview and pick for the big CHS playoff game in the Skagit Valley

To soccer now. College action then we have today’s Cedarcrest playoff game preview and pick.

Oregon Tech 4, Northwest U. women 3 (2OT): The Eagles fell at home in Kirkland yesterday in extra time to the visiting Owls for their second straight loss following their school record win streak. Sophomore Maggie Gunning, she of Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS’er, started on defense and worked around 92 minutes total of the game with no stats of note for NU. Her Valley counterpart, Duvall freshman (and CHS grad Sarah Hommas) did not play.

Cal Poly Pomona 7, Cal State East Bay men 0: Pomona ran away with this one at home in southern California, taking a 4-0 lead into halftime then cruising over the visiting Pioneers. Freshman Mateo DiDomenico, he of North Bend and a 2019 MSHS’er, started on defense for East Bay and worked the first 24 minutes before being subbed out for the remainder of the game with no stats of note reported.

Minnesota State-Moorhead women 1, Bemidji State (MN) 0: The Dragons on Senior Day at home in Moorhead, MN, bested Bemidji for the first time in 11 years. Senior Lindsey Brownell, from Fall City and a 2016 MSHS’er, was among the seniors recognized prior to the game and she started on defense for Moorhead, working the first 54 minutes of play before being subbed out for the remainder of it with no stats of note reported.

Now to our preview and it features Cedarcrest as it heads north looking to build off a strong start to their playoff run.

#REDWOLVESSTRONG #YOUMATTER
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS – QUARTERFINALS
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES AT BURLINGTON-EDISON TIGERS
KIRKBY FIELD (BURLINGTON-EDISON HS), BURLINGTON, 4:00 P.M.

The Red Wolves make a familiar trip north to the Skagit Valley today to meet B-E. With today’s game, this will become the seventh year in a row these two schools have met in girls’ soccer and the second straight year in the playoffs on B-E’s home field on campus in downtown Burlington.

CHS coach Alex Hickox sums it up best. “Our game (today) v. B-E will be a totally different story (from Cedarcrest’s win Thursday) – they are very good, they’re young and they get the advantage of playing at home – grass field, super small in dimension (we’ll absolutely need to adjust to the field). These CHS players are working super hard, they are all in and I can’t wait to see how we play (today),” he told us yesterday in his game report to us from Thursday’s 5-0 Red Wolve win over Bellingham that opened these playoffs and perhaps helped this CHS team begin to resume normalcy following what has been a difficult, challenging week for everyone on the Cedarcrest campus as we have been telling you all week.

Five different players scored goals in the game Thursday – Makena Guenther, Leah Cammarano, “Mad Dog” Davidson, Emma Spell and Ava Erhardt. In all, Erhardt, an Athlete of the Week winner this fall for CHS’ girls, had a goal and assist to lead the Red Wolves to that win over the Red Raiders.

As Hickox noted, the Tigers are a younger group this year, with just one senior – Moira MacKay – but they had one helluva year, going 11-1-1 in the tough Northwest Conference and they’re currently 13-1-2 overall. They’ve scored goals in every game, a total of 65 on the season thus far, and have dominated in most matches.

But in looking at their schedule this year, we see one big red flag. Their schedule was played against primarily NWC teams. No Wesco. No Kingco. They did open the year with CHS’ former Cascade Conference rival Granite Falls and rolled to a 6-0 win over the Tigers, but we look at this schedule and find that since it has no real competition outside of the conference, this could put them at a disadvantage today against a CHS team that is more experienced, has better conference preparation having competed against a large number of 3A schools in Wesco and a general familiarity with the opponent and perhaps even with this field – it was just almost one year ago to this date that CHS last played B-E on this turf in the Skagit Valley, and the Tigers got the game that day and ended the Red Wolves’ season in the process.

As Hickox noted, the Red Wolves will be playing on grass with a little bit different dimensions, so they’ll have to adjust for slower speed and pace of play, but with the weather expected to be nice and dry this afternoon, the grass should be in relatively good shape and the footing should be fine, so CHS should be able to handle those conditions well.

With all of that said, we are looking for the Red Wolves to pull a little bit of a surprise out of the hat today and stun the Tigers. A suggestion from us to B-E coach Ryan Kuttel and his athletic director up there, Donald Beazizo: Schedule better – and tougher – in your non-conference next year.

CEDARCREST 2, BURLINGTON-EDISON 1

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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